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[flahy-boht] /ˈflaɪˌboʊt/
a small, fast boat.
Origin of flyboat
1570-80; < Dutch vlieboot, equivalent to Vlie (name of a channel along the North Sea island of Vlieland) + boot boat; vlie later altered by association with fly1 Unabridged
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  • Seest thou the flyboat that but late came to join our fleet, and knowest thou who it is upon it that twangs the viol every day?

  • Later in the voyage Sydney's flyboat foundered; but he and all his soldiers were rescued.

    Great Ralegh Hugh De Selincourt
  • The 17th, the flyboat Liefde returned to the Manhathans with the Swedish prisoners.

  • The captain of the flyboat, seeing the skiff coming up and Lamme rowing like a demon, had a ladder dropped from the deck.

British Dictionary definitions for flyboat


any small swift boat
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